approves Village Plan amendments
The Village Planning Commission agreed Monday to recommend that the Village
reduce the frontage requirements in all three of the Villages residential
zoning districts, allowing new homes to be built on smaller lots.
The proposal recommends that the Village amend section 1250.02 of the
Village Zoning Code, which governs permitted uses in the three residential
Plan board members have said that they wanted to roll back the frontage,
or lot width, standards so that the standards correspond with the districts
The commissions proposal would change the lot-width standards as
Residence A to 60 feet from 75
Residence B to 50 feet from 60
Residence C to 45 feet from 60
The proposal only affects single-family dwellings. Other zoning requirements,
such as setbacks, would not change.
At its meeting March 10, the commission made quick work of this proposal
and two others, unanimously approving all three measures during a busy
night of public hearings, which generated scant interest from the public.
The proposals now move to Village Council, which must approve the recommendations
for them to become official. Council will hold first readings on the proposals
at its meeting Monday, March 17.
Plan boards lot-width proposal is one of a series of actions related
to housing issues the commission has taken or may consider. Last year,
the commission approved a recommendation to relax the restrictions placed
on so-called 50-foot lots, or nonconforming lots of record. Council made
that recommendation law.
In addition, Planning Commission has discussed creating a new zoning district,
Residence A1, which would replace the current Residence A, if that district
were changed. The frontage requirement in Residence A1 would be 75 feet.
Comprehensive Plan revisions
Plan boards public hearing on recommended changes to the Village
Comprehensive Plan marked the end of a project for the commission that
started well more than a year ago.
Since 2001, Planning Commission has been revising the plan, which directs
the Village on land-use and development decisions as well as other Village
services, including zoning laws.
Planning Commission member Bruce Rickenbach said that the plan should
serve plan board and Council as a guide and that Village should make decisions
that reflect the plan. He said that the Comprehensive Plan deserves
respect and should be referenced often.
Perhaps the most significant change in the plan is the reflection of more
support for development. It says that the community believes in planned
growth and that the Village should take proactive measures
to support the local economy. The plan says the community should aggressively
address the need for new industry and commerce as well as support
The plan also says that planned moderate housing growth, including
affordable housing, is needed and should be encouraged.
Council president Tony Arnett, who attended the meeting for George Pitstick,
Councils representative on the commission, said the revised plan
reflects a change in mindset, which he called refreshing.
The plan now outlines what the community will support, not what it will
not support, he said. No longer does our plan say we are a community
no, Arnett said.
Minor subdivision change
Planning Commissions third hearing involved a proposal to amend
the Villages minor subdivision regulations, 1226.11, to allow up
to five lots to be created from one parcel.
The current regulation allows three lots to be created, or divided from
The amendment reflects State law for minor subdivisions.
A minor subdivision is an easy way to divide a large parcel into smaller
lots. The division must occur on land that is located on an existing public
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In other Planning Commission business:
Ted Donnell, the president of Axis Architecture, gave a presentation
on a proposed housing development he wants to build on Hull Court. The
development will include 10 houses and a large common area. Donnell said
that a homeowners association would be responsible for maintenance. He
said he hopes to market the development to empty-nesters and people on
a fixed income. The entire development should be completed in two years,
Axis plans to request a site plan review for the proposal. Planning Commission
agreed to hold a public hearing on the request at its next meeting, April
14. If the commission approves the request, it would be forwarded to Council,
which must also approve it.
After discussing the site plan review requirements, Struewing told Donnell,
it doesnt look like theres a lot of opposition to your
project, so far.
Planning Commission and Council will hold a special joint meeting
Monday, March 24, 7 p.m., in meeting rooms A and B, Bryan Community Center,
to discuss two of Councils goals for the year, promoting business
and residential growth.